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Energy 17-02-2017

A Canadian circular economy reality

Edmonton has become the first city which turns all non-compostable and non-recyclable household waste into methanol, ethanol and green chemicals. Europe should take notice, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.
Trade & Society 14-02-2017

A vote against CETA would reset Europe’s trade agenda

With global inequalities spiralling and the climate crisis on our doorstep, the last thing we need is a trade deal that would worsen both. If CETA passes, the European Parliament will be seen as putting corporate profits above people and the planet, write Magda Stoczkiewicz and Jan Willem Gourdiaan.
Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Trade & Society 22-11-2016

MEPs’ sad games undermine the Parliament’s due rights

In their attempt to fast-track the EU-Canada agreement, some MEPs are reversing years of progress in democratising the European Union, warn MEPs Anne-Marie Mineur, Bart Staes and Pavel Poc.
Trade & Society 02-11-2016

‘Post-truth politics’ does not require better truths, it requires better arguments

With CETA signed, protest groups in Wallonia and beyond will surely cry foul at the way the region was coerced into standing down. What is surprising, however, is that they are not the only ones who feel cheated, Reinout van der Veer.

Trade & Society 02-11-2016

The Wallonian mouse that roared

The relief that accompanied the 11th hour agreement between Wallonia and Europe on the EU-Canada trade deal shows little has been learned from the ongoing debate over the “winners and losers of globalisation", writes Steven Hill.
Trade & Society 28-10-2016

Changing track on trade

A potential CETA trainwreck was narrowly avoided this week, but the chaos surrounding the EU-Canada trade deal has been long in the making and may not be over yet, warns Pieter de Pous.

Trade & Society 28-10-2016

The EU must learn from CETA shambles

After Wallonia finally agreed to not block CETA, Greenpeace’s Jorgo Riss argues that to start rebuilding its credibility, the EU must stop CETA because the deal cements the supremacy of trade above social, health and environmental concerns.
Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Wallonia: The real reasons to postpone CETA

As the CETA debate continues, Jacques de Gerlache and Cédric du Monceau ask whether blocking the current deal is Europe’s last chance to avoid a fatal flight forward.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA: A way out of European self-dwarfism

Anti-CETA campaigns and mass protests have put the EU-Canada deal under constant pressure. Daniel Caspary MEP asks: What are we going to do if the European Union buries its common trade policy?

Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Does CETA’s saga spell the beginning of the end of EU trade policy?

The CETA saga reveals that a commercial policy steered from the 28 capitals is not a workable solution to tackle the global economic challenges of the 21st century, write Guillaume Van der Loo and Jacques Pelkmans.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

CETA not the progressive agreement it claims to be

The EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) will raise international standards while creating jobs, according to its supporters. Both assumptions are wrong: if CETA really was such a progressive agreement, it would have been negotiated in a transparent way and democracy would not have been undermined by preliminary application, argue a number of MEPS.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Who fears the wolf of globalisation?

Trade unions and companies are more closely aligned against the harmful competition stemming from emerging economies’ low salaries and working conditions than ever before. But the EU's export of jobs is harming itself and the global economy, write Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto.
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Brexit 29-06-2016

What Brexit could mean for global trade

As the dust settles over the UK’s referendum, many are trying to second guess what it all means. Here Cecile Toubeau sizes up the possible repercussions for global trade policy.
Trade & Society 17-06-2016

Regulation, then protectionism: Is Europe going the way of its aluminium sector?

The current wave of protectionist sentiment is harming Europe's SMEs and undermining the EU’s competitiveness. It is time for modern trade policy in the EU, wrote Pieter Cleppe.
Brexit 31-03-2016

What leaving the EU would really mean for British trade deals

The impact of staying in or leaving the EU for the UK’s global trade has become one of the most talked about questions of the referendum so far, writes Paul James Cardwell.

Open Letter on visas for Romanian nationals entering Canada

Romanian MEP Sorin Moisă (PSD) has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, over visa requirement for Romanians and Bulgarians. An EU regulation from 2013 requires that third countries treat EU members without discrimination in visa matters.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

ISDS myths have to be addressed

The fate of TTIP and CETA are linked, due to the issue of investment protection. If the Commission demands a renegotiation of the chapter in CETA or continues along the path of asking for different measures in TTIP, then it will lose its credibility as a negotiator, writes Christofer Fjellner.
Trade & Society 25-01-2016

Keystone ISDS lawsuit highlights legal risks of EU trade deals

Energy company TransCanada is using the investment dispute settlement mechanism in its trade agreement with the US, to sue the American government over President Obama's decision to cancel the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for environmental reasons.
Trade & Society 13-01-2016

Time to toss out toxic investment chapters from trade deals

Multinational companies are already exploiting investor protection clauses in free trade agreements to 'chill' social and environmental regulations that threaten their bottom lines, writes Matt Langdon. The EU must heed the warning bells.
Trade & Society 09-12-2015

A comprehensive EU-Canada trade deal can wait no longer

It has been six years since negotiations on a comprehensive economic trade deal between the EU and Canada began. Despite worries over TTIP and the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, it can wait no longer, contends Artis Pabriks.
Red meat
Agrifood 03-12-2015

The EU’s other horsemeat scandal arrives via Canada

The European Commission should swiftly suspend the import of Canadian horsemeat to the EU given serious traceability and food safety concerns, warns Dr Joanna Swabe.
Trade & Society 10-11-2015

How to save the EU’s CETA with Canada

This piece is an attempt to provide a pathway that may secure a positive vote in the European Parliament for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, writes Sorin Moisa.
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